In June, Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor transferred ownership of the 128-year-old Euharlee Covered Bridge to the city.
The new owners promptly built an outdoor pavilion near the bridge.
Last night, after a second hearing, the council voted unanimously to charge $200 to use the bridge and $150 to use the pavilion plus a refundable deposit.
Council also voted to table bids for installing flooring in the old library to have time to consider other alternatives.
Public works director LeeRoy Shepherd presented three bids to install carpet.
“Well, well, well,” replied Mayor Dennis Thayer. “I have had the opportunity to review and I’m wondering if we should consider something that’s longer lasting like tile?”
Shepherd reminded Thayer that removing the carpet and installing tile would greatly increase the noise levels. He also noted that the current carpet was installed in 1986 and although stained and worn, it has lasted a long time. The council tabled the presentation and asked Shepherd to present more bids for installation of alternative flooring at the next meeting.
The council also tabled a proposal regarding the creation and installation of period-appropriate signage for city attractions like the covered bridge. Thayer suggested the council ask Euharlee resident Alec Trapheagen, designer of the new city logo, to provide examples of consistent signage.
In other business, the council:
• Approved the use of Frankie Revere Park on Oct. 2-5 for the annual Pow Wow Festival.
• Approved the nomination of Rick Hawkins for another three-year term on the planning and zoning commission.
• Approved an employee dress code.
The next Euharlee City Council meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Euharlee City Hall, 30 Burge’s Mill Road.